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I am a retired theoretical physicist, aged 69, born in Trieste. I have studied both in Italy and the USA, I am married and separated, with two adult children and a grandchild. I love music, mountains and stars. I am worried about the climate and the greenhouse effect due to the burning of fossil fuels.I am skeptical abount nuclear fusion and think solar energy is the only viable alternative in the long run. In the short term, praise to the Japanese for the hybrid vehicles.Hydrogen is not a primary source of energy, only a vector
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I had started my experience in distributed computing with seti@athome in a Linux environment (I am an old Unix hand and a Linux enthusiast) then I switched to the BOINC version of seti@home.No Linux client was available for climate prediction but when a betatest was started I volunteered immediately although my hardware, based on a 400 MHz Pentium II, is probably too slow. But I think this project is much more important that the search for "little green men". I like the idea of distributed computing non only for its technical merits but also because it closely mimics the concept of "noosphere" by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, that is of a distributed brain/mind encompassing the whole of the earth. About ten year ago I sent an unpublished work of mine to prof. Roger Penrose at Oxford and he was kind enough to find it "very interesting". It was titled "The coherent brain", but this is another story.
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